RCPCH Conference 2023 - How to submit an abstract and other FAQs

The RCPCH Conference Organising Committee is pleased to invite abstract submissions for oral and poster presentation at our next Conference, which takes place from 23 to 25 May in Glasgow.

The deadline to submit an abstract is Monday, 6 February, 23:59 (GMT).

Below are frequently asked questions about this process. Please ensure you consult the full guidelines, linked below, to prepare and submit your abstract.
Conference delegate looks at ePosters

What are the benefits of presenting an abstract?

  • Get a citation on the online Archives of Disease in Childhood, event app and online programme
  • Showcase preliminary project work and gain constructive feedback to help shape future activity
  • Add to your CV and boost your chances of winning funding
  • Refine your presentation skills and promote yourself, and your institution
  • Share your knowledge - your work could make a real difference
  • Top scoring abstract authors also have the chance to present their work as a plenary talk in the main auditorium

Do I have to pay? 

There is no fee for making a submission. However, if your submission is accepted (for either oral or poster presentation), the presenting author will be required to attend the conference and pay the registration fee that applies to them.

If your abstract is selected for oral presentation, you will be required to attend in person. If your abstract is selected for poster presentation you can choose to attend either in person to present a physical poster or virtually to present an ePoster.

See fees and how to book

What are the abstract preparation guidelines?

These include what to consider, structure and content of the astract, references, consent, author listings and review process.  

See abstract submission guidelines

How do I submit my abstract?

All abstracts must be submitted online via our abstract management portal on EventsAIR. You will need to create an EventsAIR user account by entering your email address and a password. 

We will not accept any submissions by email.

Please note that the person submitting the abstract is the only one who can view and amend the submission in the portal, and will be the main point of contact for the abstract. This cannot be changed at a later date, so please ensure that the person submitting is able to remain as the main contact throughout the submission and acceptance process.

You can select a co-author to present the work. You will be required to enter the co-author’s details, so ensure you have these details ready: their title, first name, last name, place of work, job title, email address and affiliation.

Before submitting an abstract, please ensure that you have carefully read the submission guidelines.

Submit an abstract

What are the presentation opportunities? 

At the time of submission, you will be asked to select your preference for poster presentation, oral presentation or either. You will also be asked to submit your abstract to a specialty category (these are listed below). If your abstract is accepted, the organisers from your chosen specialty category will decide which format it will take and will cater to your preference where appropriate and possible.

Poster presentation 

If your abstract is allocated to poster presentation, you will have the option to:

  1. present a physical poster in person at the conference in Glasgow
  2. to create a digital PDF poster to be featured on our new interactive ePoster gallery
  3. to both present a physical poster in person and also create a digital PDF ePoster

Physical posters
You will be able to present your work, meet fellow poster presenters and delegates and answer their questions in person.

Delegates will be able to send you questions about your poster through the virtual platform and app. ePoster presenters will have the option to chat with delegates via messaging, discussion boards and even through video calls. ePosters will be accessible for two months after the Conference, maximising the amount of time delegates have to engage with your work.

Oral presentation

If selected for oral presentation, you will present your abstract at the speciality group session which it has been submitted to. The time and date of your presentation will be included in your notification email in late March. 

Oral presenters will be required to attend the Conference in person. 

Plenary presentation

The top scoring abstract from each group will be reviewed by the Conference Organising Committee who will then select nine for the coveted plenary presentation slots. This is an exciting opportunity for authors to present their work to the main auditorium during the plenary sessions. Those selected for plenary presentation will be required to attend in person.

What are the specialty categories I can submit to?

You must submit your abstract to one of the categories below.

Association of Paediatric Emergency Medicine

The Association of Paediatric Emergency Medicine is a charity affiliated to the RCPCH, promoting excellence, training and research into Paediatric Emergency Medicine. The Association of Paediatric Emergency Medicine would like to read about any work that has made a difference to the acute/emergency care pathway for children and young people. 

Association of Paediatric Palliative Medicine

APPM represents all doctors, nurses and allied health professionals working in the area of Paediatric Palliative Medicine, in hospital, hospice and community settings. It seeks to support practice and training for all doctors and other health professionals working in this area of medicine. 

 British Academy of Childhood Disability

British Association of Childhood Disability- Promoting the highest possible standard of clinical care for disabled children and young people, and their families

British Association for Community Child Health 

BACCH is a professional membership organisation for doctors and other professionals working in paediatrics and child health in the community. It represents the largest paediatrics sub-specialty and is a specialty group of the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health.

Our members work mostly in non-acute settings and have expertise in working with vulnerable groups of children and their carers. This includes children with developmental disorders and disabilities, those with complex behavioural issues and those who are at risk of abuse or are being abused. They also have a particular role with children who are “Looked After” or are in the process of being adopted.

British Association for Paediatric Nephrology

BAPN is a division of The Renal Association. The group welcomes abstracts relating to working or training in renal units, caring for patients with kidney disease, and renal research to improve patient care in the future. BAPN is open to all professionals working towards improving the care and lives of children with kidney diseases.

British Association of Child and Adolescent Public Health

The British Association of Child and Adolescent Public Health welcomes abstracts relating to improving the health and well-being of CYP by reducing inequities and unacceptable variations in health and care that affect children and families and using resources wisely and ethically, supporting sustainable development to secure the health and wellbeing of future generations too.

British Association of General Paediatrics

The vast majority of RCPCH members work as acute and general paediatricians and the BAGP represents and showcases the varied work that this group provides. We welcome submissions that are relevant to clinicians working on wards, outpatients and emergency departments in District General Hospitals as well as Teaching Hospitals with a specialist acute and general paediatric team.

British Association of Paediatric Urologists 

BAPU was founded in 1992. The BAPU provides a forum for surgeons involved in the care of children with urological conditions to meet, discuss standards and coordinate care. The group welcomes abstracts relating to patient care and research of the paediatric urinary tract.

British Association of Paediatricians in Audiology

Inaugurated in 2007, BAPA is an association of paediatricians practising audio-vestibular (AV) medicine. BAPA represents all paediatricians who share an interest in children’s hearing seeks to be at the forefront of professional development in the field of paediatric AV medicine. We have an additional role as a special interest group of the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health (RCPCH). With the College, we help with workforce planning, specialist training and development of competencies and standards for the paediatric speciality of AV medicine. We would welcome abstract submissions – to be considered –  with a paediatric audiology theme for the upcoming RCPCH annual conference.

British Association of Perinatal Medicine and Neonatal Society

BAPM aims to improve standards of perinatal care by supporting all those involved in perinatal care to optimise their skills and knowledge, promote high quality, safe and innovative practice, encourage research, and speak out for the needs of babies and their families.  We are a membership organisation representing over 1700 professionals that work in perinatal care including neonatal and obstetric doctors, nurses, ANNPs, midwives, managers and allied health professionals. By contributing to BAPM’s work programme you can change the way perinatal care is delivered in the future.  

The Neonatal Society brings together scientists and clinicians with an interest in the fetus and newborn. The object of the Society is the promotion of Neonatal Science. The Society has a well-established track record of fostering new research by the award of prizes to leading young investigators, as well as a student research bursary.

British Inherited Metabolic Disease Group

Paediatric metabolic medicine is a subspecialty area of paediatrics caring for children with rare inherited disorders, that affect normal cellular biochemical homeostasis.  While the individual frequency of each is often exceedingly rare, given that there are more than a thousand such genetic disorders, their combined incidence is significant.  This diversity creates diagnostic challenges. Management of these conditions is also complex and requires a truly multidisciplinary team working.  Metabolic medicine is a cutting-edge specialty which is very research driven. Better understanding of these rare disorders and advancing the development of the new treatments are essential for the improvement of clinical outcomes for patients and families.

British Paediatric Allergy Immunity and Infection Group

The British Paediatric Allergy  Infection and Immunity Group encompasses health professionals working and training in allergy, immunology and infections. We welcome abstracts for original research, case presentations, case series, audits or review of topics relevant to allergies, infections and immunodeficiencies in children and young people. Every year we receive high numbers of high quality abstracts from all over the UK and the World and are always very excited to hear what is going on where you work. This is a great opportunity to present your work to general and specialty paediatricians, our sessions always attracts very high numbers of participants!

British Paediatric and Adolescent Bone Group

British Paediatric and Adolescent Bone Group represents clinicians, specialist nurses and allied health professionals who look after children and adolescents with bone and mineral disorders. This group is actively involved in research and training and will accept abstracts in relation to metabolic bone disorders. 

British Paediatric Neurology Association

BPNA welcomes abstracts relating to the care of children with neurological disorders, paediatric neurodisability and allied neurosciences.

British Paediatric Respiratory Society

BPRS, is a multidisciplinary organisation which exists to promote the respiratory health of all children and to improve the health of children with respiratory disease .BPRS members look after children with a wide range of respiratory ailments at all stages of childhood.These include  chronic lung disease of prematurity ,chronic conditions like Asthma and Cystic fibrosis, rare lung diseases (cHILD) as well as congenital airway and lung malformations.Our speciality works in close liaison with colleagues in other specialities most notably in the Paediatric Critical care unit.We are strong advocates for health promotion and prevention of disease in areas which impact respiratory health like air pollution and tobacco smoke.

British Society for Paediatric and Adolescent Dermatology

The British Society for Paediatric and Adolescent Dermatology welcomes abstract submissions relating to all aspects of dermatology affecting children and young people. Abstracts relating to conditions affecting skin, joints and systemic conditions will be particularly relevant to the session this year. 

British Society for Paediatric Gastroenterology, Hepatology & Nutrition

BSPGHAN welcomes abstract submissions relating to caring for children with GI, liver and nutritional diseases.

British Society for Rheumatology

The British Society for Rheumatology welcomes abstract submissions relating to all aspects of rheumatology affecting children and young people. Abstracts relating to conditions affecting skin, joints and systemic conditions will be particularly relevant to the session this year. 

British Society for the History of Paediatrics and Child Health

The BSHPCH is looking for abstracts dealing with the history of childhood illness and treatment, historical aspects of child health including social and educational issues and biographical accounts of paediatric and other pioneers involved in childcare. However, other topics of historical interest within this general framework would be welcome. 

British Society of Paediatric Endocrinology and Diabetes

The British Society of Paediatric Endocrinology and Diabetes welcomes abstracts relating to improving the care of children and young people with endocrine disorders and diabetes mellitus. They bring together professionals from a range of disciplines, including tertiary paediatric endocrinologists and diabetologists, general paediatricians with an interest in endocrinology and/or diabetes, researchers, nurses and other healthcare professionals involved in the care of these patients.

Child Protection Special Interest Group

The Child Protection Special Interest Group welcome abstracts relating to emerging themes in child protection and safeguarding, in particular issues impacting vulnerable children and young people, and exploring the latest Child Protection evidence. 

Children’s Ethics & Law Special Interest Group

CHELSIG is an independent, membership-based, organisation closely allied to the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health. It is a multidisciplinary professional group seeking to explore ethical and legal issues affecting children and their healthcare.

The group welcomes members from across the child health team whether paediatricians, nurses, allied health professionals, general practitioners, surgeons or others. Non-healthcare members including those involved in child health law, bioethics and other professions involved in the ethical and legal issues pertaining to children are also most welcome.

Abstracts on issue involving ethics or law in paediatrics and child health are welcome.

Children's Cancer and Leukaemia Group

The Children's Cancer and Leukaemia Group is the UK’s professional body for paediatric oncology. Submitted abstracts should be focussed on paediatric oncology research and/or topics useful to paediatric oncology practice in the UK including in shared care centres.

Climate Change Working Group

The RCPCH Climate Change Working Group is a group of 80 passionate College members working to deliver the RCPCH Climate Change Action Plan. Children are among the most vulnerable to the health risks of climate change and we’re looking at what we can all do to both mitigate and adapt to climate change for the benefit of future generations. Our ambitions for tackling climate change are broad, covering advocating for change in the UK and internationally, research into the impact of climate change on children and young people, achieving net zero in the NHS, initiatives to make paediatrics more sustainable, and talking to patients and families about this topic. We welcome abstracts from across any of these areas.

Down Syndrome Medical Interest Group

DSMIG promotes equitable provision of medical care for people with Down syndrome disseminating information about medical aspects of the syndrome and promoting interest in its specialist management. They welcome abstracts relating to medical care for children and young people with Down syndrome.

George Still Forum - National Paediatric ADHD Network Group

George Still Forum is an academic platform by Community Paediatricians for their further education in the field of ADHD and related subjects like Autism, Sleep Problems in children, related Neuroscience, Child Development and Child Psychology. The group believes in multidisciplinary learning and encourages all healthcare professionals to share their knowledge. The forum is now linked with international bodies.

International Child Health Group

ICHG is a special interest group of the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health. It is a group for paediatricians and health professionals with an interest in improving global child health. ICHG advocates for better Child health around the world and supports the education and training of the global child health leaders of tomorrow. Today it boasts an international membership and continues to work in promoting all aspects of international child health, from research to advocacy.

Paediatric clinical leaders: service planning, provision and best practice

The group welcomes abstracts relating issues that matter to paediatric clinical leaders in planning and delivering services for children and young people: workforce, clinical governance, quality improvement, training and engaging with children and young people 

Paediatric Critical Care Society

The Paediatric Critical Care Society welcomes abstracts relating to paediatric intensive care, transport and high dependency care as well as operational delivery networks.

Paediatric Educators' Special Interest Group

PEdSIG is a group of healthcare professionals with an interest in paediatric education.
PEdSIG is all about promoting paediatric education (undergraduate and postgraduate). We are keen to support those involved in paediatric education through meetings, social media, written resources and by building a network of paediatricians who want to inspire through great teaching and education. Through our link with the College, we aim to influence and contribute to the wider paediatric education agenda.
We also promote educational research and scholarship in paediatrics through our conferences, grants and mentorship network.

Paediatric Mental Health Association

PMHA is a group of paediatricians and associated professionals who work to improve the care of young peoples’ mental health. This includes training and education, advocacy and policy. We are working to implement the “Parity of Esteem” principle into practice. We aim to work with young people from a holistic point of view, taking into account a bio-psycho-social model and working with the wider multidisciplinary team, families and community. We also discuss complex issues and legal and ethical dilemmas in this field.

Paediatric Special Interest Group: British Society of Haematology

The British Society of Haematology welcomes abstracts relating to haematology, haemato-oncology and childhood blood disorders.

Paediatricians with Expertise in Cardiology Special Interest Group

The Paediatrician with Expertise in Cardiology Special Interest Group accepts a large number of high quality abstracts each year. They welcome abstracts from paediatricians, neonatologists, paediatric cardiologists, trainees, medical students, cardiac nurse specialists and echo technicians related to paediatric cardiology.

Quality Improvement and Patient Safety 

The group welcomes abstracts relating to quality improvement, developing solutions for children and young people, and their families.

Trainees Oversight Committee

The Trainees Oversight Committee welcomes abstracts about research or projects that have impacted on the training, education, career prospects, quality of life or wellbeing of postgraduate doctors in training in paediatrics, as well as about imaginative projects done by paediatric trainees. If it's done by paediatric doctors in training or for paediatric doctors in training, we want to hear about it!

We are committed to improving satisfaction and success in training for our colleagues and peers, and we want to hear about your research, your initiatives, and your experiences. We have a particular interest in inclusion, equality and diversity. Send us your abstracts! Previous sessions have included projects to involve junior doctors in research; "stepping up" sessions and initiatives to improve exam or interview success; multicentre audits run by doctors in training; schemes designed by international medical graduates for international medical graduates; wellbeing projects; experiences of doctors with disabilities.

Young People's Health Special Interest Group 

The YPHSIG aims to raise the profile of young people's health and promote the development of high quality health services for young people in the UK. We are an association of the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health and membership is open to paediatricians and other healthcare professionals working with young people.

Where are the abstracts published?

All submissions that are accepted for presentation will be published in the online supplement and the online publication of our journal, Archives of Disease in Childhood.

When will I find out if my abstract has been accepted? 

Authors will be notified about the outcome of their submission in late March 2023. If the abstract has been accepted, you will also be notified about whether it has been allocated as a poster or oral presentation. We are not able to provide updates on your submission before this.